God promises to help us in our financial lives—even when we don’t know where our provision is going to come from. Jesus told the masses in His day (many of whom were unemployed),…
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matt. 6:34 MSG).
Comforting words…but how does it work when we are out of a job?
And what are we to do with the time and the bills we find ourselves with while we sit jobless?
I’ve got a few suggestions.
Pray Into Your Situation
Prayer is a funny thing. You don’t always get exactly what you pray for, and if you do, it’s usually not in the timeframe you expected. But we are called to a life of prayer. We are called to pray even when prayer didn’t keep us out of the trouble we are currently in. You probably prayed that you wouldn’t lose your job. Obviously that didn’t work. Why would prayer do any good now? Tough question, but one that is left unanswered as God calls us to pray…continually.
The place God first told His followers to live by faith was in a conversation He had with an Old Testament prophet named Habakkuk. Habakkuk was questioning why God had not protected His people. At that moment it looked like God was being unjust. God didn’t answer Habakkuk with a clear answer. Instead, He simply told Habakkuk, “the righteous will live by his faith” (2:4). In other words, God-followers are to trust God, period. No matter what is going on. Even if it seems like God dropped His end of the bargain.
Truth is, prayer always increases the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and over the long haul God responds to the cries of His people and will redeem the ugly circumstances of their lives by weaving them into His good purposes. Keep praying into your situation.
Prayer for Employment
Dear Lord, sustain my spirit as I look for a job.
I ask that you fill me with Your peace and strength
as I face daily challenges of making ends meet.
Guide my footsteps along the right path,
and lead me on the path to use the gifts and talents
You have given me.
Pray The Prayer of Jabez
Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain.
1 Chronicles 4:10
For Financial Freedom
because You are my helper,
I will not be afraid.
I will not let my finances steal my joy.
I will trust in Your provision,
and do my best to make smart choices,
that lead me to financial freedom.
Managing Your Money Wisely
God, help me straighten out my finances.
Give me a new attitude and a new commitment to managing my money wisely.
Help me find a way to meet my obligations.
I place this need before You,
knowing that You will guide me to solutions.
Keep me mindful of my blessings no matter how much or little I may have.
Give me the patience to save and the willpower to make wise choices.
Help me see the value in building a nest egg for the future.
Grant me the patience and tolerance necessary to calm my spirit
knowing that You have everything under control.